“We have butterflies”: Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury opens its doors

Right in the heart of the city center, the new building clearly stands out with its long windows and facades decorated with Corten steel.

The seven organizations that will occupy it have already moved and visitors will soon be able to discover for themselves the interior of the three-story building that they have seen gradually take shape since August 2019.

Well, we have butterflies. There are many, more than usualsays the outgoing president of Place des Arts, Stéphane Gauthier, seeing the 3,700 square meter building, because a lot of work was required to achieve this result.

Stéphane Gauthier is the outgoing president of Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury and the general manager of Carrefour francophone de Sudbury.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Welcome Senga

In Sudbury, the desire to create a meeting place for Francophone organizations in the cultural and arts sectors goes back several decades and there have been some attempts in the past, but they have not lasted long.

Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury, in its current form, emerged from the States General of La Francophonie in Sudbury in 2008, the original film that led to everything else because it legitimized the projectrecalls Stéphane Gauthier.

Eight years later, in 2016, the Regroupement des Organismes Culturels de Sudbury convinced the city of Greater Sudbury to financially support the project and, subsequently, won the support of the provincial and federal governments.

A crowdfunding campaign was also organized to reach the total amount of approximately $ 32 million that cost the construction.

The latter, which was originally supposed to end in 2020, has suffered delays, particularly related to the pandemic.

Realize that we have succeeded [faire] this course … remember when you were a child, then you did a domino arrangement, how many times did you have to repeat yourself? We got up several times, but we never stopped.

A quote from Stéphane Gauthier, Past President of the Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury

Member organizations of the Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury

  • The Francophone Carrefour de Sudbury
  • New Ontario Gallery
  • Public speaking editions
  • The night on the pond Concerts
  • The Great Sudbury Book Fair
  • The New Ontario Theater
  • The French-Ontario Folklore Center

A world of possibilities

Greater Sudbury’s Place des Arts is full of possibilities, those we know and those he does not yet knowunderlines Mr. Gauthier.

But even before welcoming the public, the building it is already an indicator in spaceobserves.

Recently, when he came across a couple taking a self-portrait in front of the Place des Arts, he came to the conclusion that the building was indeed worthy of a postcard.

Corten steel gives the building the appearance of a rusty structure, a deliberate choice for they give the image and the impression that we were not born yesterday, that the building is naturally there in its placeremembers Mr. Gauthier.

So, imagine inside, all the artistic production that we can anticipate and all the news!

A quote from Stéphane Gauthier, Past President of the Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury
The Place des Arts building in Greater Sudbury

The facades of Place des Arts in Greater Sudbury are decorated with Corten steel in homage to the industrial history of the nickel city.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Welcome Senga

Next week, Place des Arts will host its first major event: the 10th Greater Sudbury Book Fair (SLGS).

It’s still a big step, a big chapter. We have access to state-of-the-art facilitiestakes over its general manager, Geneviève LeBlanc.

She adds ithave your own roof facilitate the organization of activities for the SLGS who, until now, had no choice but to rent space.

Place des Arts will also have a bookshop, which will be the only French-language bookshop in Sudbury.

Geneviève LeBlanc looks into the camera lens.

Geneviève LeBlanc is the general manager of the Greater Sudbury Book Fair.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Welcome Senga

For the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario (TNO), Place des Arts offers a world of new possibilitiesthus underlines the artistic director of the organization, Marie-Pierre Proulx perhaps, to host or imagine a larger theater than our hall could not accommodate before.

In addition to a Black box like the one where the NWT presented his works at the Collège Boréal, Place des Arts has a 300-seat performance hall.

The three actors on the tables of the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario

The former performance hall of the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, a “black box”, had approximately 100 seats. (Archives)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Sophie Houle-Drapeau

It is truly an opportunity to come and consolidate the role we want to play in the community by staying anchored in the city center, in a place that people can recognize or can come and visit, where we can do business.

A quote from Marie-Pierre Proulx, artistic director of the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario

In his opinion, also Place des Arts the potential to become a hub where artists can feel at home, ask for advice and its multidisciplinary aspect that will allow, for example, musicians to easily get in touch with the actors, will create a dynamics that can contribute to the vitality of the environment.

Marie-Pierre Proulx smiles.

Marie-Pierre Proulx is the artistic director of the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario.

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to feed artistic succession

Due to the recent elimination of study programs such as theater at Laurentian University and theater techniques at Boréal and Cambrian colleges, there may be a succession problemnotes Ms Proulx, who believes that the organizations hosted at Place des Arts [auront] a role to play.

Obviously, we can’t replace post-secondary education programs, but I think we will all try to see how we can have mentoring programs, how we can welcome young people, young people who are interested in the arts and then cultivate that love.

A quote from Marie-Pierre Proulx, artistic director of the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario
The Place des Arts building in Greater Sudbury

Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury has three floors and includes offices, a performance hall, bistro and bookstore.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Welcome Senga

Stéphane Gauthier says he also measures the role of the new building in training the next generation of artists.

We are ready to welcome them, feed them, support them and give them the limelighthe says.

Basically this is why we are doing it, it is for the young people of tomorrow, the children of today who will grow up in Place des Arts and who will become or observers of the arts and their environment, but also who will be in contact with our artists

A quote from Stéphane Gauthier, Past President of the Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury

Relaunch of the center

Of the four major construction projects that the city of Greater Sudbury chose to support in 2016, Place des Arts is the first to be completed, much to the delight of city councilor René Lapierre.

Councilor René Lapierre poses for a photo.

René Lapierre is a councilor for the city of Greater Sudbury.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Frédéric Pepin

He hopes that the example of collaboration shown by the seven founding organizations of the Place des Arts will attract other artistic and cultural groups to the new center.

The new infrastructure would thus contribute to the revitalization of the city center, hopes the elected official.

I think it will bring together the artistic community, not only French-speaking, but of all languages, of all cultures, to come to a space to be able to see shows, theatrical performances, have dinner together in the bistro.

A quote from René Lapierre, councilor for Greater Sudbury
The Place des Arts building in Greater Sudbury

Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury will house a bookshop, which will be the only French-language bookshop in Sudbury.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Welcome Senga

There is still some work to be done

Despite the important milestone reached with the end of the works, for Stéphane Gauthier, this is not the end of the book and there are many more chapters to write.

He has just passed the baton to his successor, Alain Richard, as president of the Place des Arts, but he hopes so all those who have supported it, who have been in this crazy adventure [de la construction] will continue to support him.

A cultural and artistic institution is sustained over time and over time if we want all generations to benefit from it. It is the first day of the sequel to this great novel which is Place des Arts.

A quote from Stéphane Gauthier, Past President of the Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury

Some members of the Place des Arts will not be able to start their activities immediately. The early childhood arts training center and boutique bookstore are still on the hunt for staff, explains Stéphane Gauthier.

There will be many activities, but not everything will be ready in detail. We still give ourselves time […] there is still work, there is still some finishing.

Several guests, including politicians from all three levels of government, are expected to attend the official opening ceremony on Friday afternoon.

But among those who will not be part of it, is the former development director of Place des Arts, Paulette Gagnon, who passed away in 2017, and whose contribution to the early stages of the project will be highlighted.

Without the base, without the foundations, without the tools, without the example of rigor and energy that you showed, none of this would have been possible.observes Mr. Gauthier.

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